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Kansas hopes to follow a similar path as the Kansas City Royals

Kansas coach David Beaty hopes to use the success of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals as an example for his program, writes Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World.

The Royals were known for their struggles in the 2000s before starting their rise in 2013.

“It’s amazing how the people that are there now were allowed to develop even when people were saying, ‘Why are you pinch-hitting this guy? Why aren’t you pinch-hitting for this guy?’," Beaty told Tait. "Some really, really cool things happened throughout this season that, really, you can track all the way back to the beginning. We talked a lot about that (Monday) with our team, and I think it gives them some perspective on how you build something.”

There are definitely some parallels between the two situations as Kansas looks to completely rebuild its program. But college football is different. If Kansas is able to mimic the Royals' rise, the players who build the foundation are likely to be long gone by the time the Jayhawks rise to a level of competing for Big 12 titles.

More than anything, the Royals' success gives Beaty a chance to preach patience if the program is not progressing as quickly as fans would hope.